Frequently asked questions
What should I do if I’m not sure whether a lump is a wart or not?
Are there other types of warts?
Yes, apart from common warts, a range of wart types have been identified, varying in shape and site affected, as well as the type of human papillomavirus involved. These include:
Common warts (Verruca vulgaris): These are discrete, flesh-coloured papules, with a rough surface. They may be single or multiple and occasionally can be quite large. They are most common on the hands, but may occur anywhere. They are usually relatively easy to treat.
Plantar warts (Verruca, Verruca pedis): These are discrete and only just raised, having a roughened surface. They can occur on the palm but usually found on the sole, where they penetrate deeply because of the pressure of the body weight and are most difficult to treat. They may be quite painful and can interfere with walking. Minute haemorrhages may occur within them due to trombosed capillaries, which is visible by multiple black specks in the centre. They are usually found on pressure points on the soles of the feet.
Plane warts (Verruca plana): These are small, smooth flattened warts, flesh-coloured, which can occur in large numbers. They can occur everywhere, bust most particularly on the face, neck, hands, wrists and knees. They are quite frequently misdiagnosed, particularly on the face. They often occur in lines corresponding to a scratch or other such trauma.
Filiform or digitate wart: A thread or finger like wart, most common on the face, especially near the eyelids and lips.
Genital wart (venereal wart, Condyloma acuminatum, Verruca acuminata): They occur on the genital area.
Mosaic wart: A group of tightly clustered plantar-type warts, commonly on the hands or soles of the feet.
Periungual wart: A cauliflower-like cluster of warts that occurs around the nails.NB. WARTNER WART & VERRUCA REMOVER AND THE WARTNER VERRUCA & WART REMOVAL PEN are not to be used to treat any other type of warts other than common warts and verrucas.